The Peabody Room

The Peabody Room

At the Georgetown Neighborhood Library


The Peabody Room, a special collection of Georgetown neighborhood history, is open to the public without an appointment. Come in during open hours or contact the librarian for more information. 

Georgetown Neighborhood Library
3260 R St. NW, 3rd Floor
Washington, DC 20007


Monday & Wednesday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
2nd & 4th Saturday: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Also open by appointment.

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Part of the DC Public Library's Special Collections Department, the Peabody Room is a special collection of Georgetown neighborhood history. It includes subject vertical files, photographs, maps, neighborhood microfilmed newspapers, paintings, engravings and artifacts that document various aspects of Georgetown life. It also features a house history file for nearly every home in Georgetown.

Following a devastating 2007 fire that heavily damaged the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, a newly constructed, climate-controlled third floor (opened October 2010) now houses the Peabody Room. A number of materials were water-damaged during the fire and may not be publicly accessible.

Watch this video for more information about the fire:

Finding Aids

  • Subject Vertical Files - Includes news clippings, brochures, pamphlets and other documents placed in folders based on subject headings. These files cover all subjects related to Georgetown--houses, social, economic, cultural, recreational, political, and historical. 

Archival Collections at the Peabody Room

Finding aides for archival collections located at the Peabody Room can be found here